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The Freedom Ride Cape Town

Bicycles. Connecting Cities. Honoring Madiba.

On Saturday the 9th of August Cape Town will host its first Freedom Ride – a fun, social ride through the streets of Cape Town to celebrate the power of the bicycle to connect our communities and honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Brought to you by the Bicycling Empowerment Network in association with FNB, World Design Capital 2014, the City of Cape Town and Bicycle Cape Town – the FNB Freedom Ride is expected to attract up to 5,000 cyclists.

It is not a race and is non-competitive hence open to all ages and levels of fitness, whether experienced or just learning to ride.

THE ROUTE #ridethedivide

The distance is 27kms, one km for every year of Madiba’s incarceration. In symbolically riding 1km for every year of Madiba’s sacrifice of his freedom, the ride will explore the city’s cultural heritage, taking participants through a diverse network of urban transport and development corridors – highlighting practical cycle routes and enabling participants to experience the freedom of cycling in the city.

The ride will start in Rondebosch, pass through Athlone, Langa, Pinelands, Woodstock and end in the CBD. The route was carefully chosen to reflect how the bicycle can break down barriers and link communities historically kept separate. The first of its kind in CT, it promises to be memorable, exciting and enjoyable.


Participation is free but riders must register to take part as numbers are limited. Detailed info such as registration procedure, ride route, ride checklists and links to resources on cycling in CT, bicycle rental and public transport options can be found at www.freedomride.co.za


When you sign up for the Freedom Ride we encourage you to donate to assist in setting up a Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) in Langa. All donations from the ride will go to BEN’s (Bicycling Empowerment Network) project to build a BEC (bicycle workshop) in Langa and train community members to become bicycle mechanics. This workshop will serve the Langa community and schools in the area. Visit BEN’s donation platform and help support cycling for all.

The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.

(Nelson Mandela, Robben Island, 1979)


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